Category Archives: News From Chicago

Another WIN for Sweet Beginnings, a Winner of the Inaugural ULI Chicago Vision Awards


Congratulations to 2012 ULI Chicago Community Vision Award Winner, Sweet Beginnings, on their selection for the first round of impact investment awards by Benefit Chicago! Sweet Beginnings LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network and offers full-time transitional jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals and others with significant barriers to employment in a green industry. Sweet Beginnings produces an all-natural line of raw honey and honey-infused body care products that are sold online and a host of retailers across the Chicago area including Whole Foods Market and Mariano’s. … Read More

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What Does Community-Focused Economic Development Look Like?


On April 13 2017, forty ULI Chicago members headed to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago to take a behind-the-scenes look at Englewood Square, a new retail development that is trying to do just that. Located at 63rd and Halsted, Englewood Square has brought back retail to the once bustling 63rd Street shopping corridor, known in its heyday to be the busiest neighborhood shopping district in the City. Besides an 18,000 SF Whole Foods Market, Englewood Square hosts Starbucks, Chipotle and 22,000 SF of additional retail/service tenants including Oak Street Health, … Read More

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ULI Chicago Transitions to New Leadership for FY15-16


ULI Chicago welcomes Joseph L. Wisniewski, Partner, Deloitte, as the new District Council Chair for FY15-16.  Joe has been a long-time Advisory Board member and has held the position of Treasurer for eight years.  He takes over for Paul W. Shadle, DLA Piper LLP (US) who served as Chair from July 2012 through December 2014.  The District Council presented an award in recognition of service and commitment to Mr. Shadle at the January breakfast meeting.  Paul was instrumental in launching ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Initiative that received both local and national … Read More

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Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative Supports Newly Launched ULI Chicago WLI

ULI CHICAGO PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact Cynthia McSherry, Executive Director, ULI Chicago, 773-549-4972 Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative (GBWM Initiative) Supports Newly Launched Urban Land Institute Chicago Women’s Leadership Initiative CHICAGO (January 22, 2015)  ULI Full member, Goldie B. Wolfe Miller, founder of the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative (GBWM Initiative), announced support of the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) to promote ULI membership for all current GBWM scholars and alumnae … Read More

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Chicago Named to 100 Resilient Cities

Chicago is one of the 35 newest cities to join 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.  Cities in the 100RC network are provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience.  100RC aims not only to help individual cities become more resilient, but is facilitating the building of a global practice of resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual … Read More

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ULI Members Honored as Bisnow 2014 Chicago Power Women

Congratulations to nine ULI Chicago members named Bisnow 2014 Chicago Power Women in CRE.  Bisnow completed a seven-part Power Women series profiling the 50 most influential women in Chicago commercial real estate.  Honorees were celebrated at a cocktail awards reception.  Read the most recent series profiles Congratulations to the following ULI Chicago honorees: Kim Adams, JPMorgan Asset Management Alissa Adler, Podolsky | Circle CORFAC International Susanne Cannon, DePaul Real Estate Center Collete English Dixon, Prudential Real Estate Investors Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Public Building Commission of Chicago Nila Leiserowitz, Gensler Mary … Read More

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ULI Panel Report Moving Navy Pier Redevelopment Plans Forward


Navy Pier is in the news again as leaders examine and discuss redevelopment plans in preparation for the Pier’s 100th birthday in 2016.  ULI conducted its latest advisory services panel on the Pier in 2010 sponsored by the City of Chicago and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.  The 2010 panel report titled “Reinventing the Navy Pier” outlines many of the plans being discussed and evaluated today including a new boutique hotel.  ULI conducted another panel in 1989, “An Evaluation of Revitalization Strategies for the City of Chicago and the Navy … Read More

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Longtime ULI Member, Marshall Bennett, Profiled in Media

Marshall Bennett

Marshall Bennett has been a member of ULI since 1962 and is a past recipient of the ULI Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Chicago Sun-Times recently profiled his long and illustrious real estate career. April 11, 2014 – Chicago Sun-Times – The Sitdown: Marshall Bennett, 92, has quietly redesigned the area landscape during his lifetime Read Full Article and View Video Excerpt  

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ULI Spring Meeting Catch Up


Day Two of the ULI Spring Meeting opened with the release of Building for Wellness:  The Business Case.  The report, prepared as part of ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative, examines the investment payback on incorporating amenities that promote health and wellness, how developers have pursued this objective, and the resulting market response.  The report profiles 13 completed projects from around the world,  each representing one of three development strategies – renovation / redevelopment, new construction and master-planned communities.  Read ULI Press Release  A full complement of Concurrent Sessions took place throughout the … Read More

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ULI Spring Meeting Kicks Off in Vancouver


More than 3,000 real estate leaders (including over 150 from Chicago) will meet in Vancouver over the next three days for the ULI Spring Meeting.  The Opening General Session this afternoon spotlighted The Honorable Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver.  The day continued with city tours, committee and council meetings and will conclude with a keynote panel discussion on Global Capital Flows and numerous networking opportunities throughout the evening.  To catch all the action begin monitoring the #ULISpring14 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and Google+.  The Vancouver Sun Welcomes ULI  … Read More

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